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    About SMRPD

    The Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District (SMRPD) is a California Independent Special District formed on March 22, 1961. SMRPD encompasses the communities of Modjeska, Silverado, and Santiago Canyon.

  • SMRPD: Local History

    Local History

    To the earliest Europeans, who came to the upper reaches of the canyon to harvest pine for their adobes, this was Canada de la Madera (Canyon of the Timber). The first American home-steaders ventured on this land in the middle of the 1800′s. Among the principle undertakings was goat raising. Wild game was everywhere.

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    Community Activities & Involvement

    We offer an almost endless number of community activities. Hiking, camping, and horseback riding. The Silverado Fair. An Art & Wine Festival. But there is also our Childrens Center, library, and numerous rewarding volunteer opportunities.

Featured Blog Posts

thumbnail_twoCalifornia Register of Historical Resources #202

Located in Cañada de la Madera (Timber Canyon) was a mining boom town founded in 1878 when silver was discovered nearby. During the colorful life of its boom, 1878-1881, miners flocking to the area established a thriving community, served daily by stage from Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Click here to read more.

thumbnail_oneThe Canyon Orange County We Call Home

This short film captures the essence of why we live here and why so many others come to visit. The video is called Mountain Man and was filmed by Jonathan Formica. Click here to watch this wonderful 14 minutes video.

thumbnail_threeMaple Springs Ride To The Snow

I’ve ridden to the saddle and beyond several times over the last week. I thought it’d be fun to see the snow and test my skills. The first day I ended up walking the last 1/4 mile to Four Corners because the snow was 5-7? deep. That last day today I came off the bike and fell 5 times. Click here to read more.

Silverado Children Center

Silverado Children’s Center

The Silverado Children’s Center is a preschool and after school center that serves the families in and around Silverado and Modjeska Canyons as well as the surrounding communities of Trabuco, Portola Hills, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Orange and Lake Forest.

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Sliverado Public Library


The Silverado Library unofficially opened in 1929 when Elsie McClelland, the postmistress, added a few shelves to the log cabin Post Office, and Margaret Morrison, the County Librarian, provided a gift of 60 books. The following year, 1930, the Silverado Library was officially accepted into the County of Orange Library System.

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Fire Safety Council

Fire Watch

The Fire Safe Council East Orange County Canyons was formed to provide education, exchange information and foster emergency preparedness, fire prevention and safety in and around the East Orange County foothill and canyon communities.

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Canyon Watch

Canyon Watch consists of 63 volunteers from Silverado, Modjeska and Trabuco canyons who patrol their neighborhoods during high risk circumstances, such as Santa Ana winds or dangerous fire conditions. Easily identifiable by their green vests and marked vehicles, Canyon Watch volunteers patrol in pairs on two-hour shifts.

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